Monday, August 15, 2022

Kenneth Eugene Markley, 84

SOUTHPORT — After 84 well-lived years, Kenneth Markley died on June 20th, 2022. He was born in Mansfield, Ohio, the first of four children of Forrest and Mary Markley.

He often spoke of his of his time on his grandfather’s farm and was proud of his working life, beginning at the age 11. In high school he played football with verve and enthusiasm despite his short stature, eventually winning the Most Valuable Offensive Lineman trophy.

After a stint in the Marines, he attended Bowling Green State University where he met and married his wife, Deborah. Upon graduation in 1961, they moved to Cleveland, Ohio where Ken began his career as a CPA with Ernst & Young. After 34 years with EY, he and Deb retired to Southport in 1996. This move brought new friends, golfing, boating, and travel.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Boor Markley; his daughters, Lisa Barber (Pat) of Largo, Florida, Christy Ghaster (Patrick) of Waterville, Ohio; his sister, Vicky Sairs (Rueben); his brother, Mike Markley (Cheryl); his grandchildren, Lydia, Hallie, and Jack; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ken is preceded in death by his brother, Gary Markley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation be made in Ken’s memory to Seabiscuit Wildlife Shelter at, located at 1638 East Beach Drive, Oak Island, NC, 28465 or The American Red Cross at

Services for Mr. Markley will be private and held at a later date.

Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service 1411 N Howe St. Southport, NC 28461 (910) 946-6449

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